Jessica smiled warmly and greeted Mildred, but she thought to herself, “Mildred’s help is the last thing I need today.” As she hung up her coat and began to settle in, Mildred said, “I was beginning to worry about you. It is already 8:40 and you weren’t here. I thought something might have happened to you.”
Whether Mildred was really concerned or whether that was her way of admonishing Jessica for being 10minutes late, Jessica was not certain. She was certain, however, that it was really irritating. If Mildred knew how much she did to keep family and work going, Mildred would less critical. Nonetheless, she managed an upbeat, “Oh, I’m fine, just a little behind this morning because of the kids.” She turned to the file cabinet, unlocked it, and pulled Mildred’s working file.
Mildred went quickly to work on editing the mailing list. It was a thankless boring job, and one that was absolutely necessary. Jessica was tying to get a grant request to the Lomax Foudation and she wished the deadline was not so close. Just two more days for editing, getting the Board Chair’s signature, the latest audited financial statement and the other enclosures assembled, and the letter of support from the Mayor signed. She would really have to keep her focus.